Cartagena

 

Places to See

 

 

Cartagena has far more to see and do than I can write here, but a good starting place is the harbour front and the new promenade which makes a good place to start and offers easy parking for an exploration of the old town.

Go on the inland road from the Port (not the one through Isla Plana).

As you approach Cartagena, look out for the large Eroski supermarket.

To go to the supermarket you would turn left at the traffic lights, but for this trip go straight on.

You will come to traffic lights on a T junction (Not the first lot of lights) Turn left here and within 100 yards or so you will go over a bridge.

Turn right after the bridge along a palm tree centred dual carriageway which runs along the side of the Arsenal.

Keep going past the end of the Arsenal and the road becomes a single carriageway.

When you reach the sea front the road turns left, and now you need to look out for the entrance to the underground car park beneath the promenade.

Park here. (I am told there is always room in this car park, and there has always been plenty of room when we have been there).

When you are up on the prom you have many choices of what to do.

Maybe start with a coffee and something to eat in one of the several promenade cafes.

Have a look at the old submarine, or visit the Maritime Centre.

The submarine on the Promenade

If you fancy a boat trip which will allow good views of all the coastal forts (5 euros per head and lasting about 45 minutes) then head for the western end of the prom, and you will find the loading point.

A brand new purpose built catamaran will be your transport.

The trips run every hour :- 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm, then later 4.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 6.30pm, and I believe 7.30 pm.

Across the road from there you could take an open topped bus ride round the city.

It leaves from near the information kiosk.

Or walk up the wide precinct to the left of the kiosk and explore the old town on foot.

Many pavement cafes, shops, old buildings, and Roman remains.

The old Roman Theatre that is being restored

Cartagena is a fascinating town, and I think it will take many visits before you would run out of places to go and things to see.

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